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Travel information about Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is a country located on the continent of Oceana and lying at the south of the Equator. Papua New Guinea has more than 600 islands and 800 indigenous languages with a total area of 462,840 km2 (178,700 sq mi) and a population of approximately 8,084,999. It is made up of 4 regions with 20 provinces. Papua New Guinea is the land of smoldering volcanoes, pure mountainous rainforest. This country has it all if you say breathtaking tourist destinations.

Capital city of Papua New Guinea: Port Moresby

Closest neighbors to Papua New Guinea: Closest neighbors and shares bordered by Indonesia, as well as it shares maritime borders with Australia, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Solomon Islands, and New Caledonia (France).

Best times to visit Papua New Guinea: Papua New Guinea has an unpredictable weather. The wet season is from December to March which is good for surfing on the best waves off the north coast. May to October is the drier months which are good for hiking and watching wildlife. There are also lots of festivals during these months. Diving is good all year-round but has the best visibility from September to January and from April to June.

How to get to Papua New Guinea: Options for USA, UK, Europe, and Canada, You can fly from Australia to Port Moresby or fly from Tokyo, Hong Kong, Manila, or Singapore.

Visa requirements for Papua New Guinea: All Tourist Visas must be lodged to the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Division at least 2 months prior to departure date. Visa fees on arrival at the designated Papua New Guinea International Ports of Entry for tourists were removed in 2013 therefore visa on arrival is now $0.

Currency of Papua New Guinea: Papua New Guinean kina (PGK) is the currency of Papua New Guinea.

Official Language of Papua New Guinea: The official languages of Papua New Guinea are English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Papua New Guinea

There are 1 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Papua New Guinea and 7 on their tentative list.

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Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.